Augusto Palacios backs Siphumelele Mbulu to succeed at Orlando Pirates
Posted: 19 February 2018 Time: 19:30
Orlando Pirates development coach Augusto Palacios says midfielder Siphumelele Mbulu has all the qualities to make it in the PSL.
Pirates last week announced they had promoted the 19-year-old Amajita international to Milutin Sredojevic's first team squad.
Mbulu is the second player to be elevated this season after fellow teenager Lyle Foster. Others to have come through Bucs' ranks in the past include Lebohang Mokoena, Senzo Meyiwa, Thabang Stemmer, Gift Leremi, Phumudzo Manenzhe and Philani Kubheka.
"He [Mbulu] can defend and distribute the ball very well. He has power in his feet and can pack powerful shots," Palacios tells KickOff.com when asked about the left-footed midfielder, who can also play in defence.
"He came here in 2013 after being brought by one of the scouts in KwaZulu-Natal. He is from a humble background.
"What I like about him is that he is coachable. I mean he is always ready to learn. He has the right attitude.
"What I like also is that he was assessed by the coaches before being promoted to the senior team. No player can just walk into the senior team.
"This is the right age to promote youngsters than wait until 21 years. I believe he has all the attributes to make it in the PSL."
The Peruvian adds: "The promotion of Foster and now Mbulu shows that Pirates still has it to produce more football players for this country.
"We have done it before with the likes of Leremi, Lebohang Mokoena and I believe more are still coming up."